Cracked History Presents Things History Got Wrong About Ulysses S. Grant


A Brief History On November 24, 1863, Union forces under the command of future President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant captured Lookout Mountain as part of the campaign to relieve the siege of Chattanooga, Tennessee by Confederate General Braxton Bragg.  Grant is known as the most successful Union general of the Civil War,
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November 23, 1992: The First Smart Phone, the IBM Simon Personal Communicator, is Introduced


A Brief History On November 23, 1992, society took another giant step forward with the introduction of the IBM Simon Personal Communicator, the world’s first “smart phone.”   In 1994 and 1995, IBM sold 50,000 of these handheld mobile devices that combined a touchscreen cellular phone with a personal digital assistant (PDA). Digging Deeper Are you too young
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Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Police Work


A Brief History On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.  In the aftermath, Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed officer J.D. Tippet, a 39-year-old, 11-year veteran of the police department. Digging Deeper Oswald was actually initially arrested for the murder of Tippet, not for the assassination of Kennedy, but law enforcement
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November 21, 1959: Alan Freed, Originator of the Term “Rock and Roll” is Fired from His Job as a DJ!


From the Series Shorter Cracked Stories – Lil’ History Chips On November 21, 1959, music DJ and rock and roll legend Alan Freed was fired by WABC in New York for refusing to sign a statement that he had never taken “payola,” bribes from record companies to play and promote certain records. Freed is credited with being
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Texaco Causes Bizarre Environmental Disaster!


A Brief History On November 20, 1980, Texaco, the petroleum and gasoline company with the red star logo, accidentally penetrated a salt mine as it drilled an oil well beneath a Louisiana lake, causing the water to drain.  As the lake refilled, the sportsmen’s lake became a saltwater lake, no longer hospitable to wildlife or suitable for fishing.
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Korean Boxer Predicts Own Death before being Beaten (to Death) by Ray Mancini


A Brief History On November 18, 1982, five days after a championship fight for the lightweight (135 pounds) crown, Kim Duk-Koo of Korea died from a blow given by Ohio boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, the defending champ. Digging Deeper Challenger Kim Duk-Koo brought a professional record of 17-1-1 into the fight and held his own early in the fight, but the champ
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November 18, 1307: William Tell Shoots an Apple off His Son’s Head (Real Heroes or Mere Legends?)


A Brief History On November 18, 1307, Swiss archer William Tell split an apple into two pieces  on his son’s head with a well-aimed arrow.  For defying Austrian authority, both he and his son were to be executed, but their lives would be spared if Tell, an excellent marksman, could hit the apple.  Ever since, William Tell has been perhaps the
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50 Women Famous for being Naked


 A Brief History In 2014, in a total of four rounds, hackers released private pictures of celebrities, many containing nudity, supposedly taken from their iCloud accounts.  The most famous victim of the first round from August 31, was Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.  Other victims from the September 20, September 26 and October 5 rounds included Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, Hayden Panettiere,
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November 17, 1871: The National Rifle Association (the NRA) is Founded


A Brief History On November 17, 1871, The National Rifle Association was first chartered in the state of New York by William Church, the editor of the Army and Navy Journal and General George Wood Wingate.  The first president of the NRA was Union General Ambrose Burnside who had also worked as a gunsmith in Rhode Island. (Hey!
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The Heinkel He 219 and the Night Fighters


A Brief History On November 15, 1942, the Heinkel He 219, often called the “Uhu,” which is German for eagle-owl, made its first flight.  A year later, the first editions became operational.  Designed from the ground up as a night fighter to combat the British night-bombing raids, the He 219 had an innovative design which incorporated air-to-air radar and
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Project Spade: Canada Wins a Battle in the War on Child Pornography


A Brief History On November 14, 2013, Canadian law enforcement struck a major blow against child pornographers when the outcome of Project Spade, a three-year operation which resulted in the international arrests of 348 criminals and the rescue of 383 exploited children and child sex slaves, was officially made public.  Digging Deeper The operation began when the
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